"Quiet" as written by and William Patrick Corgan....
Quiet
I am sleeping
In here
We need a little hope

For years
I've been sleeping
Helpless
Couldn't tell a soul

Be ashamed
Of the mess you've made
My eyes never forget, you see
Behind me

Silent
Metal mercies
Castrate
Boys to the bone

Jesus
Are you listening?
Up there
To anyone at all

We are the fossils
The relics of our time
We mutilate the meanings
So they're easy to deny

Be ashamed
Of the mess you've made
My eyes never forget, you see
Behind me

Quiet
I am sleeping
Quiet
I am sleeping
Quiet
I don't trust you
I can't hear you

Be ashamed
Of the mess you've made
My eyes never forget, you see
Behind me

Behind me
The grace of falling snow
Cover up everything you know
Come save me from the awful sound
Of nothing


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    General CommentAccording to spfc.org, a demo tape of Siamese Dream songs had the title "Quiet and other songs, . . ", indicating that Billy Corgan may have considered the lyrics of Quiet to be somewhat central to the album's theme(s). I think of it as an introduction to the album's discussion (with parents) about a difficult childhood ("Be ashamed of the mess you made"). It starts with something that a child might hear from a parent who works late at night and sleeps during the day - "Quiet, I am sleeping!", but I think the idea is to turn that phrase around to refer to an abused child experiencing only silence about it all around ("Couldn't tell a soul", "Jesus, are you listening", "deny") and tuning out ("I've been sleeping", "I can't hear you"). But the painful memory remains ("my eyes never forget"), even without any sound. It is ironic that a song called "Quiet" is played very loudly, but I think the volume is meant to represent finally speaking out loud about the past, breaking the "awful sound of nothing". I particularly like the falling snow metaphor - it reminds me of waking up as a child in a northern, urban area and knowing that it had snowed heavily overnight because of the unusual "quiet" outside.
    observer28on July 15, 2008   Link
  • +2
    General Commentsomeone mentioned Hummer, Mayonaise, and Luna as the holy trinity to Siamese Dream. I think it's Hummer, Mayonaise, and Quiet. :)
    lovelyritalucyon August 04, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentIn my opinion, this songs about being the only one who hasn't forgiven a certain person for the bad shit they've done, and feeling that you've made a good choive and the others have made a bad one.
    lukefunon April 14, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General Commentlukefun: If that's what this song is about, then I can really relate to it.
    Nosdravdeon February 02, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI love the last verse:

    "Behind me
    The grace of falling snow
    Cover up everything you know
    Come save me from the awful sound
    Of nothing"

    It's kind of soothing after the torment of the rest of the song.
    orangebeakeron January 14, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis song makes you want to scream there is an energy within
    its a good song
    kotzeon May 25, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentHighly ironic song title.
    Songmeaningsuseron August 03, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Comment" Highly ironic song title."
    Nice delivery, lol.

    i can't believe not many people have posted here. I think quiet is a metaphore for not wanting to know you or see one. The sleeping refers of letting one be.
    ZEROpumpkinson April 17, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is fucken great it probly means shit all, but its got the best riffs
    OzzaNo.91on December 14, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI like this song more each time I listen to it... "we are the fossils/the relics of our time": I love that part
    stupid_nameon January 29, 2006   Link

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